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Eastern Words for Ice

post #1 of 16
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I had always heard that there were 14 words that the Innuit use for snow--or 11, or 17, whatever....

And so I looked it up a couple years ago in a weather book and found that at least one source reported 13, and even spelled them out, along with their particular type of snow, ie, re-frozen snow, wet snow, crusty snow, etc, etc.

As we approach the end of the eastern season, anticipating that point in the middle of the summer when I would pay good money to ski on ice, I wonder how many words we can come up with for eastern "ice." I'll start it off: boilerplate, deckplate, bulletproof, breakable crust, unbreakable crust, frozen granular, blue ice, black ice, glare ice, corn, ice cubes......

Help me out here, people.....

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post #3 of 16
This thread has lots of words for snow and some for ice.
post #4 of 16
shinny snow, loud powder, xxx hard snow, clear snow, Catskill mountain powder, snowmakers base snow, glass, mirror snow, and polished snow are a few i know well.

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post #5 of 16
We don't ski on ice on the east coast. If there are no fish underneath it, it ain't ice.
post #6 of 16
groomed packed powder.
post #7 of 16
skating rink
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post #9 of 16
I personally have many other words for ice, and not one is acceptable to the site administrators (good thing, too).

On the other hand, there are skiers from, say, Maine to whom the word has no particular meaning. If it's white stuff on a hill and can be slid down, they just call it "snow".
post #10 of 16
ice, what's that, check any snow report on the east and chances are all you'll ever see is packed powder and powder.

Ice is a figment of everyones imagination
post #11 of 16
If you have proper form and sharp skis, you can carve on ice as well as snow, it just takes a little more tip pressure at initiation.
post #12 of 16
Instructors are not allowed to use the "I" word, because it may frighten the students.

We are supposed to narrate the conditions as "a bit hard" or "a little tight".

................... spin .... ??
post #13 of 16
My favorite term that I've heard is "ghetto powder". That's what you get when a lot of people do skidded turns on hard snow so that some almost fluffy powder starts to develop.

I also like "death cookies". A condition created when something goes wrong with the grooming and the nightly refreezing of the slush creating hard cookies of snow that like to stand up and roll down the hill, sometimes reaching some pretty incredible speeds.

post #14 of 16
"Pocono Powder"

Blue Mountain is called that because it is "blue ice"


and this is a new one that I learned from my mother in law...

post #15 of 16
I stopped above some glacial moguls in Colorado, where a local was stopped staring wide-eyed at the shiny stuff.

He asked me, "Do you think there's a way around it?"

I responded, "Around what? It's just Pennslyvania packed powder." I then promptly threw myself down the bumps, and never looked back.

I wonder if he's still up there.
post #16 of 16
No matter what you call it, I just want to know where all the white goes when the snow melts????
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